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Frances Bean pens a heartfelt note to her late father, Kurt Cobain, on his 50th birthday - UPDATED

<b></b><b>UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 20 at 4:25 p.m. EST</b>Frances Bean Cobain has now shared an emotional text message conversation with her grandmother, speaking …

Nirvana

KING: Donald Trump remains silent as white men terrorize America

A Florida man was arrested Thursday for a plot to plant bombs in Target stores up and down the East Coast. He had already made at least 10 improvised …

Donald Trump

The robot that takes your job should pay taxes, says Bill Gates

Robots are taking human jobs. But Bill Gates believes that governments should tax companies’ use of them, as a way to at least temporarily slow the spread of automation and to fund other types of employment.<p>It’s a striking position from the world’s richest man and a self-described techno-optimist …

I'm Tiny Trump!

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Astrophysics

My Greatest Loss

We had just stepped off the plane in Austin when the guy slipped me his card.<p>“If you ever need anything,” he said, “don’t hesitate to call.”<p>I didn’t …

Compassion

This Is Why Sending Messages to Aliens Might Be a Good Idea

Are we alone in the Universe? Humans have been asking that question for centuries, but only in the past few decades have we achieved the ability to …

President Trump Has Done Almost Nothing

Tune out the noise coming from the White House. So far, very little has actually happened.<p>Just weeks into Donald Trump’s presidency, you would think that everything had changed. The uproar over the president’s tweets grows louder by the day, as does concern over the erratic, haphazard and …

Government

Can We Launch Nuclear Waste Into the Sun?

When I look at the Sun, I don’t see a warm life-giving orb, nourishing all living creatures here on Earth. No, I see that fiery ball as a cosmic …

Space Travel

What Geology Has to Say About Building a 1,000-Mile Border Wall

Last month, President Donald Trump took steps to make good on a campaign promise to turn the United State’s existing border fence into a "big, …

Geology

Donald Trump Is Living Out All the Ridiculous Stereotypes of a Female President - VICE

There are 62,979,879 reasons Hillary Clinton didn't win the election, but a simple one is: A lot of people didn't want a woman to be president.<p>For the most part, that feeling was subconscious, snugly cushioned by opposition-manufactured narratives cloaking hidden realities of cognitive dissonance, …

Feminism

U.S. Presidents Do Have Spending Limits for Securing Private Homes

Franklin D. Roosevelt had Hyde Park. Lyndon Johnson had his ranches. The first President Bush had a house in Kennebunkport, Maine, and the second a …

Government

Pushing a tennis ball out of a snake is a tricky, and gross, operation

While some people might not harbour much sympathy for snakes, even <i>they'd</i> feel bad for this python who swallowed a tennis ball.<p>Luckily, the snake was found in the backyard of a Queensland home in Australia, where it was able to get the ball removed. How? It was pushed back up it's body. And oh boy, …

Entertainment

White terrorism is “different,” says white congressman — and unfortunately, he’s right

Onetime reality TV star Rep. Sean Duffy humiliated himself in CNN interview — but in a twisted way, he has a point<p>As I have written about many times, here at Salon and elsewhere, whiteness is the complexion for the protection.<p>Last week Donald Trump’s administration decided to divert some federal …

Racism

Trump fears terrorists, but more Americans are shot dead by toddlers

Gun deaths – intentional, accidental and self-inflicted – dwarf those related to terror. The talk is of secure borders but within the US many live in a state of fear<p>Shortly before leaving America for Britain, after 12 years as a correspondent, the relative of one of my son’s friends politely …

Guns

Abortions Are At Their Lowest Point In 45 Years Yet Most Republicans Want To Eliminate The Cause Of The Drop – Birth Control

For all of the debate surrounding abortion from both sides of the aisle, two things have been made abundantly clear:<p>Abortion rates have been …

Understanding Trump's Executive Order on Immigration

Trump’s “amazing” ignorance: The president’s Black History Month celebration was embarrassing

To commemorate black history, Donald Trump celebrates Frederick Douglass for doing whatever it is he did<p>It’s pretty obvious that Donald Trump does not know why Frederick Douglass is an important figure in American history. That’s to be expected from someone who, as the New York Times put it …

Black Culture

A Depressing Amount Of People Believe This About Christianity & Americans

One of the strangest and most commonplace rhetorical fallacies is the "no true Scotsman." Here's how it goes. You say, "All Scotsmen believe the sky is blue."<p>"Well," your Scottish friend replies. "I don't believe the sky is blue."<p>"You aren't really a Scotsman."<p>Got it? It's basically a form of …

Religion

House to repeal Obama coal rule Wednesday

House Republicans laid out plans Tuesday to strike down a controversial Obama-era coal rule.<p>The Interior Department’s stream protection rule could …

Government

Democrats have every reason to filibuster this nominee.

Donald Trump just announced that 49-year-old <b>Neil Gorsuch</b>, who sits on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and has been dubbed the “most natural …

Atheism

Donald Trump's refugee ban, explained

The Commander Stumbles

President Donald Trump speaks after signing executive orders at the White House on Tuesday in Washington.Shawn Thew/Getty Images After President …

Foreign Policy

Watch "Smells Like Teen Spirit" performed by 1000 people

Rockin'1000, who claim to be "the biggest rock band on Earth," performs Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in Cesena, Italy.

Fight for common sense gun-safety policies far from over

<b>(CNN) —</b> I flew 39 combat missions in Operation Desert Storm and left our planet four times in a spaceship. I always thought I had a risky job. But it wasn't until my wife, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was nearly assassinated that I learned she had faced a more present danger.<p>Since that …

Gun Control

Trump's Muslim ban excludes countries linked to his businesses

Trump doesn’t hold any business interests in any the countries on the list, but holds major stakes in several of those excluded from it.

United Arab Emirates

The truth about Muslims in America

<i>This report includes facts and figures from various surveys and studies, all of which are hyperlinked in the body of the story.</i><p>(CNN)Donald Trump sparked a firestorm of criticism from liberals, conservatives and those in between when he called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States.<p>But …

Islamophobia

Trump Is Wrong About Crime in Chicago (and His Voters Are Wrong About Crime Everywhere Else Too)

Amid a flurry of executive orders this week, President Donald Trump has been threatening to take some sort of federal action intended to curb …

Chicago

Randy Rainbow sings the Alternative Facts song

How to turn old plastic bottles into 56 different items

With a few basic tools and household items, Roman UrsuHack transforms used plastic bottles into all sorts of handy objects.<p>Highlights include a …